The Hallocks are one of the “first families” of the North Fork and were part of the Puritan exodus from England in the early-17th century. The museum farm gains its name from the Puritan tradition of carving out a piece of the family farm for male heirs of marrying age. The land on which the museum farm sits came into the Hallock family in the late 18-th century. The Hallock Homestead includes the Homestead House, Barn, and outbuildings. There is a large collection of agricultural and household artifacts that show how farming was done over the last 250 years.
- Learn how to bake on our original wood burning stove. Students help prepare, cook, clean up and sample a delicious treat in our historic kitchen while interacting with the cook.
- Enjoy the outdoors by exploring our 28 acre farm and nature trails.
- Perform historic chores like washing laundry in our outside laundry area or grinding corn to feed to our resident chickens.
- Explore historic life through in-depth field expeditions to our homestead house, barn, decoy carving shop, shoemakers shop, chicken coop, gardens, and even the outhouse!
- Meet our Jersey cows, Stella, Hallie, Darla and Zoe! Learn how to care for them and how important they were to local farmers.
- Learn how to play 18th and 19th century games such as marbles, croquet and more. Learn about the concepts of folklore and traditions through discussion of present playground games.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on the season and the availability of materials.